Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and wastewater services throughout Ireland, in partnership with Galway County Council, has prioritised 14.3km of water mains in Carraroe for replacement. The project is part of a number of water mains rehabilitation works to be carried out across County Galway.

An assessment of all the water mains in County Galway identified those sections of mains that are the highest priority for replacement due to their high leakage rates, poor condition, carrying capacity and water quality issues. The 14.3km section of water mains in Carraroe has been prioritised for replacement as part of this assessment.

Customers in Carraroe will benefit from improvements in water quality as old cast iron mains are replaced. Service quality will also be significantly improved for customers as disruptions on the new watermain will be greatly reduced. This will also deliver cost savings associated with repair and maintenance of the older water mains network and loss of supply through leakage.

Irish Water has commenced a tendering process which will take up to two months to complete. A project start date of December 2015 is anticipated with works expected to take 20 months. A carefully managed traffic management plan will be put in place to minimise disruption to the public during the scheduled works. This includes time constraints on the contractor in relation to any potential lane closures, road closures and water service disruptions. Different construction techniques (e.g. trenchless technology) will also be used where possible which will also minimise disruptions in service for customers.

The water mains in Carraroe have been prioritised for replacement and we look forward to delivering this upgrade project and an improved drinking water quality and supply for families and businesses in Carraroe,” said Sean Corrigan, Regional Information Officer, North and West Region, Irish Water. “This is part of a county-wide schedule of work to upgrade the highest priority water mains across Galway and is an example of the urgently needed investment required to improve the water infrastructure nationally.”

This work is part of Phase Two of the watermain rehabilitation works in Galway. Phase One has included the implementation of water management systems and the establishment of Active Leakage Control for the entire county. These works were successful in reducing leakage in the county by 12,000m³/day and also identified that there was a need to commence the next stage of the project – rehabilitation of water mains.

Irish Water invested €340m in improving water and waste water services in 2014 and will invest over €410 million in improving water services during 2015. This spend will increase over subsequent years. Capital investment of approximately €600m per year is required for a sustained period of several decades, in order to address the acknowledged deficiencies in the country’s water infrastructure.


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